Many people like to believe that something as stable as marriage is a stable institution. It could not be further from the truth. Just look at how the concept of same-sex marriage in the United States has transformed from a complete edge to something that has been legally adopted throughout the country. Looking back over the next decade though, the store is bound to undergo further changes. Here’s a look at some of the biggest potential marriage trends of the 2020s.
In the United States, both divorce and divorce rates are declining, and this is a trend you can only hope to continue. From 2000 to 2016, the marriage rate dropped from 8.2 to 6.9 per 1,000 people, and the divorce rate dropped from 4.0 to 3.2. Expect the same size drop in the years ahead, as people are less likely to get married early due to personal education and career paths, struggling with debt levels and financial insecurity, and much more.
Couples will marry later, and will likely be more confident that they made the right choice and did so at a more mature and stable time in their lives. And conversely, more and more people will continue to divorce later in life, because prioritizing personal happiness and fulfillment is something that more and more people consider after their children leave or retire. The concept is called gray divorce, and while the divorce rate is declining, gray divorce has doubled in the last few decades.
For couples who get divorced, one of the growing trends that is only growing is to manage the best male-or-female friend in the legal challenge. The three states have already enacted legislation that deals with the possibility of a pet’s recovery during a divorce, as opposed to treating the animal as a purely shared property.
Another trend on the battlefield of divorce would be cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are already in the throes of divorce for a variety of reasons, including the difficulty or impossibility of tracking or proving the financial assets that a person can accumulate in that medium, as well as the rapid fluctuations of those assets. To illustrate. As cryptocurrencies become even more mainstream, they are becoming a bigger problem to fight.
Technology should be a great thing for a wedding, and it is in many ways. Consider the ability to video chat with a spouse while a person is away and the ability to easily sync calendars with a person’s schedule. Yet, at the same time, technology often stands in the way of relationships, disrupting quality time as a distraction, or the risk and greed of everything from social media to dating apps. Tech is going to be more integrated in our lives than ever before and its effects will continue to be felt on both sides of the spectrum.
The idea of marriage or divorce may not go anywhere, but the way these seemingly stable institutions evolve and change is faster and more influential than many may realize at first glance.